Wednesday's American League Capsules
Thursday, May 19, 2011
BALTIMORE (AP) — Robinson Cano doubled in two runs in the 15th inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Wednesday night after Mariano Rivera blew a one-run lead in the ninth.
After Mike Gonzalez gave up Cano’s double, he struck Chris Dickerson in the head with a fastball. Gonzalez was immediately ejected, and Dickerson remained motionless on the ground for several minutes. After being helped to his feet, Dickerson walked to first base before leaving the game.
Mark Teixeira led off the 15th with a single off Jeremy Accardo (2-1). Rodriguez followed with a single, and Cano hit a liner to right-center that Adam Jones bobbled, allowing Cano to take third.
Gonzalez then hit Dickerson. With Baltimore out of relief pitchers, Jeremy Guthrie — the scheduled starter for Thursday — came in and gave up a sacrifice fly to Brett Gardner.
New York’s Hector Noesi (1-0) worked four innings in his major league debut, allowing two hits.
Alex Rodriguez had a season-high four hits for the Yankees.
It was the longest game of the season for both teams, and the longest for the Orioles at home since a 17-inning affair against Philadelphia in 2003. The game lasted 4 hours, 56 minutes.
Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
BOSTON (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled off the wall in left in the eighth inning, scoring Carl Crawford from first to send Boston to its fifth straight victory.
Boston’s Clay Buchholz and Detroit’s Phil Coke each pitched seven shutout innings. Then Daniel Bard, who replaced Buchholz to start the eighth, threw one pitch before the game was delayed for 26 minutes by rain. When play resumed, Bard (1-3) retired the side in order.
Ryan Perry set down the first two Red Sox batters in the bottom of the eighth. But Tigers manager Jim Leyland brought in lefty Daniel Schlereth (0-1) to face lefty Crawford. The move backfired when Crawford walked on a full count. Saltalamacchia followed with his go-ahead hit.
Jonathan Papelbon got his eighth save in nine opportunities, striking out the last two batters after Victor Martinez opened the ninth with a double.
White Sox 1, Indians 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Peavy pitched a three-hitter in his home debut this season, outdueling Justin Masterson and making Adam Dunn’s sacrifice fly in the first inning stand up in the Chicago White Sox’s 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
Peavy (1-0) struck out eight to cool off a Cleveland lineup that scored 31 runs in its three previous games. The 29-year old right-hander had his fifth career shutout and ninth complete game. He allowed only one runner past first base, did not walk a batter and threw 111 pitches.
Masterson (5-2) pitched his third career complete game. He allowed one run on five hits.
Rays 6, Blue Jays 5
TORONTO (AP) — Matt Joyce homered, and Elliot Johnson had three RBIs to help Tampa Bay snap Toronto’s winning streak at six games.
Rays rookie right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (5-2) won his fourth straight start, allowing four runs, three earned, and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. Kyle Farnsworth gave up a run in the ninth when Yunel Escobar’s grounder drove in Rajai Davis, but held on for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.
The Blue Jays made five errors, one shy of the team record they committed on May 13, 1982, at Texas.
Jesse Litsch (4-3) was the loser.
Mariners 3, Angels 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Jason Vargas went seven innings for Seattle to run his scoreless streak to 16 innings, denying Jered Weaver another chance at becoming the first pitcher in the majors to reach seven wins.
Vargas (3-2) allowed four singles in seven innings. Brandon League pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 chances and first since blowing three games last week.
Jack Cust had two RBI singles, and Justin Smoak added an RBI double.
Weaver (6-4) dropped his fourth straight decision. Los Angeles has lost six of seven.
Rangers 5, Royals 4, 11 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run single off Jeremy Jeffress in the 11th inning, lifting Texas Rangers past rookie-laden Kansas City.
Jeffress (1-1) walked the bases full with one out in the ninth, running Kansas City’s walk total for the night to 13. Beltre, who also had an RBI fielder’s choice in the third, delivered a solid single into center, allowing Endy Chavez to score easily and Ian Kinsler to score on a close play at the plate.
Mark Lowe worked the 11th for his first save. Arthur Rhodes (2-2) got two outs in the 10th for the win.
Kansas City rookie Eric Hosmer hit Neftali Feliz’s first pitch in the ninth inning for his third home run and first in Kauffman Stadium, tying it at 3.
Twins 4, Athletics 3, 10 innings
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning for his season-high third RBI, and Minnesota beat Oakland for its second straight victory following a nine-game losing streak.
Pinch-hitter Delmon Young singled to open the inning and advanced to third when Daric Barton threw Alexi Casilla’s bunt into the outfield. After Denard Span grounded out, Plouffe hit a flyball to right field off Brian Fuentes (1-4). Joe Nathan (1-1) got two outs for the win, pitching out of trouble in the ninth. Matt Capps got three outs for his seventh save.
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